Manufacturers today are under growing pressure to increase labor efficiency and improve personnel safety by equipping their maintenance teams with remote accurate access to dynamic asset information and drawings.
To help manufacturers streamline their business processes and ensure maintenance teams have quick and easy access to ever-changing asset information, Accruent is adding new functionality and integration capabilities to its manufacturing industry solutions.
These additions will help manufacturers access engineering documentation in the field, even in remote locations without a network connection, to support the safety of maintenance teams.
Seamlessly Connected: Accruent’s Enterprise Asset Management & Engineering Document Management Systems
Historically, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems keep track of a range of documents, including work order histories and bills of materials. However, there are numerous other types of documents and drawings that may be associated with an asset.
When a maintenance professional goes to perform a work order on a piece of equipment, the core types of asset information they need include:
- Variety of drawings, such as schematics, piping and instrumentation designs, loop sheets, wiring diagrams, etc.
- Operating and maintenance procedures
- Vendor manuals
For most maintenance professionals, there is no fast way to easily access these kinds of engineering documents while out in the field. And even back in the office, it can take hours of searching through various folders in different locations to ensure that maintenance teams are taking the latest revision of a drawing or document with them on-site.
There may also not be an effective way for maintenance professionals on-site to communicate redlines back to the engineering teams.
With the integration of Accruent’s industry leading engineering document management solution, Meridian, and enterprise asset management software Maintenance Connection, manufacturers can unify their engineering and maintenance teams with streamlined access to accurate dynamic asset information.
Maintenance professionals in the manufacturing industry can easily access all of their current technical documentation directly from Maintenance Connection while Meridian provides a single source of truth for all engineering information to support maintenance safety in the field — eliminating duplicate data entry into different systems.
Combining the Power of Meridian & Maintenance Connection
When a technician is in the field installing an asset, they can document their work through notes, pictures and video directly in the Maintenance Connection software, which because of our latest integration with Meridian, is also immediately available for the engineering team. This speeds up cross-departmental collaboration and ensures everyone has the most up-to-date information.
Engineers in the office can also adjust the asset’s documents in Meridian so the field technician is able to see the changes as they are working on the asset.
Engineers can approve changes and view recommendations from the field technicians to inform their preventative maintenance programs or make quick decisions during a critical downtime event.
- Enhances collaboration between Operations and Engineering
- More visibility cross-application
- Less time managing data
Streamline Integrations with Meridian Cloud API
Meridian’s Cloud API allows customers to connect their maintenance, operations, engineering and imported asset information into Meridian.
- Controlled API that allows integrating Meridian Cloud into your organizations infrastructure and better manages data exchange processes.
- Allow organizations to make Meridian Cloud data an integral part of their enterprise software ecosystem.
- Create or update an asset in a 3rd party platform and make that asset’s information available in Meridian Cloud.
- Help organizations increase productivity by optimizing workflows through important SaaS integrations.
Access Engineering Documentation From Anywhere
Fifty percent of maintenance technicians in the field now use a mobile device when performing work orders. Organizations are being pushed toward mobile software solutions to meet this demand.1
Accruent’s Meridian Mobile provides an easy-to-use, multilingual mobile interface that gives maintenance teams access to mission-critical engineering information — with or without a network connection.
Before arriving on-site, users can download the asset information that they will need on-site from a master set. While on-site, users can annotate, add comments and attach photos to documents from their mobile device. If the maintenance professional is working in a remote, offline location, whenever they next go online, all the added information will synchronize to the master set.
With access to view and approve asset documents from their iOS, Android or Windows phones or tablets, users can take swift action on their workflow tasks or to-do lists.
Manufacturers can maximize wrench times of maintenance teams in the field even in remote locations to increase workforce productivity.
Never Lose a Document Again
Document classification is an essential function for most organizations, as many aspects of businesses such as security and naming convention rely on it. The ability for an organization to classify a document consistency and effectively produces better data quality and more efficient document location.
Meridian can assign to documents a primary location and multiple secondary locations within the classification tree—maintained based on document type, discipline and class.
Let Accruent Transform Your Manufacturing Operations
A study showed that 60% of manufacturers are looking to invest in automation over the next three years to alleviate the skills challenge issue.2
Accruent provides industry solutions designed to ensure regulatory compliance and a safe working environment for manufacturers. Our solutions break down information silos between disparate departments and external contractors to consistently deliver quality products to customers.
Accruent’s manufacturing solutions manage over 500 million documents and $1.5 trillion assets, with around 650,000 users across more than 50 countries. Every single one of the top 10 pharmaceutical organizations and half of the top 10 oil and gas companies use Accruent’s solutions to reduce costly downtime and lower the total cost of maintenance.